Tomorrow’s teachers getting their start at LSC-O
Teachers of Tomorrow (TOT) is the future teacher organization at Lamar State College-Orange that provides students interested in education a means by which to interact and communicate with one another. The organization also serves to provide students with a mechanism by which they can grow professionally, cultivate a further interest in educationally related topics, and provide a service to LSC-O and the community.
The TOT organization has chosen officers for the spring 2010 semester. The president is Ashley Vincent of Vinton, Louisiana; vice president is Amber Day of Bridge City; treasurer is Whitney Tarver; historian is Melany Monson; and tech support is Mallory Horton from Deweyville.
Vincent, TOT president, is in her third year at LSC-O as an education major. She hopes to teach second graders or high school literature. She has been a TOT member for the past 2 ½ years. She plans to complete her bachelor’s degree either at Lamar University or McNeese State University. Vincent’s hobbies are reading, watching animes and horror movies, and making jewelry.
As TOT vice president, Day will graduate this year and plans to finish her degree at Lamar University. She hopes to teach K-12 theater-music. She has been a TOT member since 2007. Her hobbies include watching TV and movies, making home videos, hanging out with friends, singing, and dancing.
Horton, TOT tech support, is a freshman at LSC-O. She plans to become a high school history teacher and finish her bachelor’s degree at Lamar University. Her hobbies include helping with the youth at her church, watching the History channel on TV, studying, and hanging out with friends.
TOT participates in college and community events along with many activities throughout the year. Some of their events include campus tours, pumpkin patch food drive, a pinning ceremony, Christmas party, and awards banquet. Their special programs include “Where have you been, where are you going?”; on track to teach; how to interview with a mock interview session; what teacher organizations can do for you; professionalism and ethics in teaching and current educational updates.
Some of the college events that the organization participates in are student appreciation day, Octoberfest, job fair food booth, Green Day and Spring Day booths on campus, and serve as volunteers for any school event. They are past softball tournament champions. Their community outreach events include an after-school program at Anderson Elementary, Art in the Park, toys for TOTs, the annual city-wide Christmas parade, and Sock it to the Seniors, a nursing home outreach program where they bring new socks to a local senior citizen home.
TOT hosts monthly meetings in the Wilson Building at LSC-O and the fee to join is $10 which includes a t-shirt. Education scholarships are awarded yearly to students who are education majors and active in the Teachers of Tomorrow organization and meet specific criteria. The Education Division TOT Advisory Committee will make recommendations concerning recipients of scholarships.
For more information about the TOT organization, please call the advisor-sponsor, Dorraine Babcock, at (409) 882-3072. She teaches Introduction to Teaching and Introduction to Special Populations for the campus, as well as courses within the Accelerated Certification for Educators (ACE) program for bachelor degree participants working towards their Texas teacher certification through the ACE Program at Lamar State College-Orange.